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[News] GNU/Linux Cost Tilts Microsoft into a Death Spiral

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Microsoft's Future: as a Games Company

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| That's what makes the current news so important: it's the first time that the 
| inner faultlines have spread to the surface. Now, anyone can see that 
| Microsoft is in trouble. Not in the sense that the company will go bankrupt 
| or disappear: I fully expect Microsoft to be around – and even *thriving* - 
| in ten or twenty years' time, just as IBM is thriving today, despite it's 
| near-death experience in the 1992, when it lost $5 billion. But in trouble at 
| a much more profound, hard-to-fix level.      
| There are even signs of this in the Microsoft announcement, where it 
| attributes a decline in client revenue to “a continued shift to lower priced 
| netbooks”. Netbooks, of course, were a category that would probably never 
| have been explored without the ready availability of GNU/Linux: its zero 
| cost, high performance, small footprint and customisability were major 
| factors in driving the surprise success of the first Asus machines.     



Intel boss Otellini warns of first loss in 21 years

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| INTEL'S CEO, Paul Otellini, has fessed up to the possibility the firm may
| report its first loss this quarter after 21 years of profitability.


Intel's Net Profit Drops 90 Percent

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| Intel's fourth-quarter profit plunged 90 percent from a year earlier, as the
| chip maker battled a worsening economy and recorded a steep loss from
| investments.


1.5-pound mini-laptop boots Linux fast

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| Sony announced a mini-laptop that weighs 1.4 pounds and is just 4.7 inches
| deep. Shipped with Vista and a fast-booting Linux Xross environment,
| the "Vaio P" (VGN-P) includes a 1.33GHz Atom processor, eight-inch, 2GB of
| RAM, GPS, a cellular modem, and 8-inch 1600 x 768 screen.


CES photo gallery: Netbooks, netbooks, everywhere netbooks

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| Especially in the remote booths where Chinese and Taiwanese manufacturers are
| offering a rainbow of netbooks. Bestlink of Shenzhen City, China, is offering
| these at wholesale prices starting around $140 for Linux systems and $150 for
| those with Windows CE. Systems with Windows XP are wholesaling for around
| $200...


$98 Linux Laptop - The HiVision miniNote

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| HiVision CO., LTD makes one of the worlds cheapest Linux laptops at $98 using
| a new cheaper chipset, WiFi, 1GB flash storage, it runs Linux, 3 USB ports,
| Ethernet, SDHC card reader, audio in and out. Voice-chat, Skype, multi-tabbed
| Firefox browser support, Abiword for word processing.

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